Thursday, 29 August 2013

Where's it gone?

At 10 months, your baby's separation anxiety may start to become obvious. She would start crying when she sees you leaving. Our natural instinct may be to sneak out when she's not looking (I was definitely guilty of that!) However, that will only make her more insecure and clingy. The best way is to tell her firmly but gently, "Mummy has to go to work now. Grandma or Auntie will take care of you and mummy will be back tonight". Give her a kiss and leave. Do the same routine every time. She will know what to expect and will be more secure. This will also help when she needs to start childcare or kindergarten next time.

This is an activity to help her understand object permanence - that when she can't see the object, it has not disappeared. She will realise that when she can't see mummy, mummy is not gone forever.

Materials:

2 plastic cups or bowls
1 toy or any object (which can fit under the cup)

I used 2 plastic cups and a silicon muffin cup

















Step 1: Turn the 2 cups upside down in front of baby.
Step 2: Show baby the toy.
Step 3: Place the toy under 1 of the cups.


















Step 4: Observe what baby does. She will probably lift up both the cups. She will be surprised to see that the toy is under one of the cups.

















After she has figured that out, you can start making a game out of it and let her guess which cup the toy is under. If your baby is able to put the object under the cup herself to let you guess, you know you've got a cheeky little genius on your hands!

I found it!

















If your baby is able to play this game for 5-10 minutes, it's enough.

Sane Tip: In the beginning you may not know how to play with your baby, but after you start to do some games with her, you will get to know her better and will even start to have fun with her!

Save Tip: When baby is young you don't need to buy expensive toys. Just look for things around the house which you can turn into 'toys' for baby.

~   mummywee - parenting 6 kids without going mad or broke  ~

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